Serena Software Releases Mainframe Tools

Serena StarTool Family Product Suite is enhanced.

Taking the next step in its two decades of mainframe support, Serena Software Inc. released new tools for mainframe development. The enhancements to the Serena StarTool Family Product Suite are designed to reduce the time developers and administrators spend fixing problems.

Serena is releasing new versions of Serena StarTool FDM (File and Data Manager) and StarTool APM (Application Performance Manager). Earlier this year the company issued updates for other StarTool family members, including StarTool I/O Optimizer and StarTool Dump Analyzer.

Serena StarTool FDM allows administrators to build databases by stripping out the contents of files and indexing the contents with the database server. The tool supports IBM Corp.'s IMS database server, which Serena's Calvin Ross says is used in most production environments today. StarTool FDM's extraction, transformation and loading features are also compatible with DB2.

Administrators can use StarTool APM to monitor applications and detect issues that degrade performance.

Serena also announced IBM would re-sell its StarTool line with the mainframe line.